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Collaborative Access to Virtual Museum Collection Information: Seeing Through the Walls

Collaborative Access to Virtual Museum Collection Information: Seeing Through the Walls


Virtual museums provide an opportunity to spark learning through online access to multi-sensory information, and collaboration between sources is needed to efficiently and effectively catalog and present material.

Collaborative Access to Virtual Museum Collection Information: Seeing Through the Walls presents respected authorities exploring the world of virtual collections, from the identification and selection of objects to be included to providing online access using common terminology.

Future possibilities and problems are fully detailed, taking into consideration the need for fixed metadata, descriptive standards, and negotiated compromise. Solutions to difficult issues are provided to allow successful development of collaborative virtual museum projects of all types.

From The Back Cover

Library and Information Science; Internet and Online Studies

"ADDS TO OUR UNDERSTANDING OF HOW TO MAKE EFFECTIVE USE OF THE WEB. ... Assists us to comprehend the differences between online and other kinds of users. ... This book will stimulate discussion in museums, libraries, and archives about how they can most effectively utilize the Web and avoid its pitfalls."
—Richard J. Cox, PhD,

"FILLS A SIGNIFICANT GAP IN THE LITERATURE. This work provides practical advice from experienced professionals on the best ways to avoid hazards and trouble. Complete with examples and frank descriptions, this book will assist many individuals faced with difficult choices as digitization efforts move forward with accelerating speed. As those storage devices fill with text and images, the reports in this book will help many a librarian, curator, and technologist to make educated decisions about their growing digital collections."
—Edward J. Valauskas,
Follett Chair, Graduate School of Library and Information Science,
Dominican University


Bernadette G. Callery, PhD, is Museum Librarian and Head, Library and Archives, at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Her research interests include the development of museum recordkeeping systems, particularly as they move from paper-based systems to electronic ones. For the last five years, she has served as a visiting lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Information Sciences, where she teaches the Museum Archives course.

Active in the Society of American Archivists' Museum Section, Dr. Callery has lectured and published on various aspects of museum archives, including contributing to Museum Archives: An Introduction, edited by Deborah Wythe and published by the Society of American Archivists in 2004. Based on experience gained during her previous positions at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation and the New York Botanical Garden, she continues to lecture on the history of botanical illustration.

Professor of Archival Studies, Department of Library and Information Science, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

ISBN-13: 978-0-7890-2933-1
ISBN 0-7890-2933-2
Haworth Information Prf-
An Imprint of The Haworth Press, Inc.

Bernadette G. Callery

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
    Robert S. Martin
  • Introduction
    Bernadette G. Gallery
  • Searching for Nirvana: Cataloging and the Digital Collection at the Experience Music Project
    Marsha Maguire
    David E. Motson
    Gwen Wilson
    Jen Wolfe
  • Collaborative Cataloging: Using Dublin Core to Unite Local Heritage Organizations
    Kody Janney
  • Building a Common Catalog for Cultural Heritage Repositories: A Case Study of the Ohio Memory Online Scrapbook
    Elizabeth Nelson
    Laurie Gemmill
  • Stories Told: Tribal Communities and the Development of Virtual Museums
    Mark Christal 
    Loriene Roy 
    Antony Cherian
  • Chinese Collections in Museums on the Web: Current Status, Problems, and Future
    Hsin-liang Chen
  • Patterns of Identification of Potentially Sensitive Data in Natural History Museum Online Catalogs
    Bernadette G. Gallery
  • Inde

Library of Congress Catalog Listing

Main title Collaborative access to virtual museum collection information : seeing through the walls / Bernadette G. Callery, editor.
Published/Created Binghamton, NY : Haworth Information Press, c2004.
Description xv, 123 p. : ill.; 23 cm.
  • 9780789029331 (alk. paper)
  • 0789029332 (alk. paper)
  • 9780789029348 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • 0789029340 (pbk. : alk. paper)
LC classification (full) AM7 .C576 2004
LC classification (partial) AM7
Related names Callery, Bernadette G.
  • Virtual museums.
  • Digital communications.
  • Museums--Collection management.
  • Electronic information resources--Access control.
  • "Co-published simultaneously as Journal of Internet Cataloging, Volume 7, Number 1 2004."
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN 2005001501
Dewey class no. 069/.5
Type of material Book
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